Half Term Clay Days
Oct
23
to Oct 24

Half Term Clay Days

Join us for family friendly creative sessions at the Leach Pottery, where your child can enjoy hands-on making activities during the school holidays.

Ages 6 - 12, £8 per child per workshop including tuition, materials and firing. Parents get messy for free!

One hour sessions at 10.30am and 2pm run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during school holidays.

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Have A Go- Half Term
Oct
25
10:30 AM10:30

Have A Go- Half Term

'Have A Go- Thursdays' are on during the Half Term holiday' and this time we will be making dinosaurs and sculptures. We will be using our air dry clay so you will be able to take it home with you and paint it once its dry. 

Everyone is welcome to join in and ‘have a go’ with admission to the museum. Children are free.

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Feast & Flames November Evening Event.
Nov
2
6:00 PM18:00

Feast & Flames November Evening Event.

Feast & Flames is returning for a second time in November 2018.

After an incredibly well-received event last year, we’re returning with Feast & Flames on 2 November. Expect a pop-up pizza oven and bar from Scarlet Wines, a party atmosphere in the garden under a cosy Jabula Stretch Tent, soulful music, a raku decorating and firing event, and poetry readings from Katrina Naomi – including poems written during her recent residency at the Leach Pottery.

More information regarding Raku firing tickets will be announced soon…

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One Preview, Two Exhibitions
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

One Preview, Two Exhibitions

We are very excited to present two new exhibitions in a preview evening on 12th October. Please join us for a chance to get a first look at the new exhibitions, chat to the potters, have a glass of wine and a relaxed look around the Pottery.

In the Shop Gallery the Leach Pottery proudly presents ‘Matthew Foster: An Apprenticeship’. The first solo show of Matthew’s career, it marks the completion of his three-year Leach Apprenticeship which began in 2015.

The exhibition showcases what Matthew has learnt, presenting a range of tableware, as well as larger pieces demonstrating his interest in and interpretation of forms with an East-West pottery influence. Matt loves to use tenmoku, shino, and ash, glazes alongside skilful and elegant, brush-decorated pots.

All works for sale £20 - £300

In the Entrance Gallery we present our first exhibition of Clementina van der Walt’s pots. Celebrating the completion of a three-week Leach Pottery residency, the exhibition features pots made during her residency and also in South Africa.

The Leach Pottery works mark a change in stylistic and material approaches as Clementina introduces more colour to her pots, taking inspiration from the St Ives Artist Colony to make a small collection of painterly earthenware domestic and decorative pots.

All works for sale £30 - £500



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St Ives September Festival Talk: Roelof Uys: Pots & Practice
Sep
18
1:00 PM13:00

St Ives September Festival Talk: Roelof Uys: Pots & Practice

As part of a the St Ives September Festival, the Leach Pottery is delighted that two of the pottery's studio potters will be presenting talks at the St Ives Arts Club. Please come and join Matthew and Roelof as they talk about their life and roles at the pottery.

Roelof Uys, the Leach Pottery’s Lead Potter, will talk about his current practice with focus on the body of work he is exhibiting in his first solo selling exhibition at the Pottery, which will be open during The September Festival.
 

Doors open 12:45pm

Tickets  £5.50
 

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Pottery Talk & Demonstration By Frank Campbell - Ex-Student of Michael Leach
Sep
12
2:00 PM14:00

Pottery Talk & Demonstration By Frank Campbell - Ex-Student of Michael Leach

Talk & Demonstration by Frank Campbell in the Old Pottery. An opportunity to talk to Frank, an ex-apprentice of Michael Leach, and watch him demonstrate throwing on a Leach Kick-Wheel.

Michael Leach, Bernard Leach’s second son, established two potteries in Africa, worked at the Leach Pottery, then established Yelland Pottery, Devon, in 1956.

Entrance to the Museum Required

 

 

 

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Drop-in Talk/Conversations & Films with Marty Gross: Pottery Making in Japan & Korea
Sep
12
10:00 AM10:00

Drop-in Talk/Conversations & Films with Marty Gross: Pottery Making in Japan & Korea

Drop-in talk/conversations and film showings throughout the morning in the Cube Gallery, focussing on pottery making in Japan and Korea, with various films on pottery making from the Mingei Film Archive:

- Onggi Pottery Making from ‘In the Land of the Morning Calm’ 1925
- Mashiko Village Pottery 1937
- Mingei in Okinawa 1940
Hamada Shoji in Mashiko 1950
- Interview with Hamada Shoji.

Entrance to the Museum required.

 

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St Ives September Festival Talk: Bernard Leach & Mingei (Folk Craft) with filmmaker Marty Gross
Sep
11
3:30 PM15:30

St Ives September Festival Talk: Bernard Leach & Mingei (Folk Craft) with filmmaker Marty Gross

For over 40 years, Canadian filmmaker Marty Gross has collected and restored films documenting crafts and the origins of Mingei, from its beginnings with Bernard Leach and seminal figures like Shoji Hamada.
With a focus on Bernard Leach and the Leach Pottery, Marty will show films recently made from never-before-seen footage.

Doors open 3.15pm

Tickets £5.50

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Talk: Working At The Leach Pottery, Unseen Sequences From 'The Art Of The Potter'
Sep
11
2:00 PM14:00

Talk: Working At The Leach Pottery, Unseen Sequences From 'The Art Of The Potter'

  • Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios (map)
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To complement the series of talks as part of St Ives September Festival, Canadian filmmaker Marty Gross will showing 'Working at The Leach Pottery, Unseen Sequences from 'The Art of the Potter' 1970, Commentary by John Bedding (2017) 

Since 1974 Marty has produced and directed films, including amongst many 'Potters at work' and 'The Leach Pottery 1952' and been involved in the restoration of archival films on Japanese arts & crafts.

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St Ives September Festival Talk: Michael Leach: A Talk By Frank Campbell & Friends
Sep
11
10:30 AM10:30

St Ives September Festival Talk: Michael Leach: A Talk By Frank Campbell & Friends

  • Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios (map)
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Michael Leach, Bernard Leach’s second son, established two potteries in Africa, worked at the Leach Pottery, then established Yelland Pottery, Devon, in 1956.
American, Frank Campbell, who trained with Michael, will talk about Yelland Pottery and Michael Leach with other potters who share their insights.

Photo credit: Ben Boswell

Doors Open 10:15am

Tickets £5.50

 

 

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St Ives September Festival Talk: Matthew Foster: Leach-Seasalt Apprentice
Sep
10
1:00 PM13:00

St Ives September Festival Talk: Matthew Foster: Leach-Seasalt Apprentice

As part of a the St Ives September Festival, the Leach Pottery is delighted that two of the pottery's studio potters will be presenting talks at the St Ives Arts Club. Please come and join Matthew and Roelof as they talk about their life and roles at the pottery.

 Matthew Foster became the Leach Pottery’s second Leach-Seasalt apprentice in 2015.
On the brink of completing his apprenticeship and undertaking a celebratory solo show at the Pottery, Matt will talk about his journey so far and his developing relationship with pottery. 

Doors open 12:45pm

Tickets £5.50

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Book Launch: 'Illustrations of the Leach Pottery, St Ives' by Hilary Jean Gibson
Sep
1
10:00 AM10:00

Book Launch: 'Illustrations of the Leach Pottery, St Ives' by Hilary Jean Gibson

To complement the new exhibition at the Borlase Smart Room of a series of wonderful sketches of the Leach Pottery by talented artist Hilary Gibson, there will be a book launch and signing to present the book 'Illustrations of the Leach Pottery, St Ives'.

 Over a period of several years Hilary has been coming to the pottery to sketch different aspects of it, and these detailed insights form an intimate study of the pottery as it is today. 

Please join Hilary and have a first look at this lovely collection in book form, as well as see the original sketches which make up the exhibition.

All welcome!

 

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An Exhibition of Drawings & Paintings from the book: Illustrations of the Leach Pottery St Ives by Hilary Jean Gibson
Aug
27
to Sep 12

An Exhibition of Drawings & Paintings from the book: Illustrations of the Leach Pottery St Ives by Hilary Jean Gibson

There is a new exhibition of wonderful sketches of the Leach Pottery by talented artist Hilary Gibson, currently being shown at the Borlase Smart room, St Ives until 12th September 2018.

 Over a period of several years Hilary has been coming to the pottery to sketch different aspects of it, and these detailed insights form an intimate study of the pottery as it is today. 

These delightful sketches also make up a new book 'Illustrations of The Leach Pottery, St Ives'. A book launch and signing will be taking place at the Borlase Smart Room on Saturday 1st September from 10am - 5pm.


 

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Summer Seconds Sale
Aug
25
to Aug 27

Summer Seconds Sale

Join us for the ever popular summer seconds and end of line sale in the pottery car park this coming August bank holiday weekend. There will be a large selection of standard ware, as well as potters' individual work, with up to 50% off. 

This will be the last seconds sale of the year, so come and snap up some early Christmas gifts - bargains galore!

 

 

 

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5 day Advanced Throwing Masterclass
Aug
13
to Aug 17

5 day Advanced Throwing Masterclass

Roelof Uys: Exploring making and decorating

A rare opportunity to join our lead potter for an intensive 5 day masterclass. Structured to include a wide variety of making, finishing and decorating techniques and taking a look at form and how a pot is made from start to finish. Cost: £490

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5 day Advanced Throwing Masterclass
Jul
23
to Jul 27

5 day Advanced Throwing Masterclass

Roelof Uys: Exploring making and decorating

A rare opportunity to join our lead potter for an intensive 5 day masterclass. Structured to include a wide variety of making, finishing and decorating techniques and taking a look at form and how a pot is made from start to finish. Cost: £490

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Preview For Two Exhibitions
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

Preview For Two Exhibitions

Please come and enjoy a relaxed visit to the museum and galleries for an evening Preview of two new exhibitions; have a glass of wine, some nibbles and chat to our staff and volunteers.

‘Roelof Uys: Works Of Function, Works Of Art’, presented in the Entrance Gallery is Lead Potter Roelof’s first solo show since joining the Leach Pottery 5 years ago. This exhibition presents an exclusive body of work comprising 200 new pots. It features functional domestic wares like mugs, teapots and sake cups, as well as larger decorative jars, chargers, and vases.

The exhibition will run in the Entrance Gallery from 7 July - 7 October 2018

All works for sale

Our other exhibition is '10 Years On'. To complement its 10 Year Celebrations the Leach Pottery presents ‘Leach Pottery Studio: 10 Years On’, an exhibition featuring potters who have worked in the Leach Studio since opening 10 years ago. 

There will be a diverse array of pots to view and buy, all with a truly international theme – as is the tradition of the Leach Pottery. Expect all manner of domestic wares for your home and kitchen, including special decorative pieces, made by established and early career potters from as near as Cornwall and as far away as Japan, India and the USA.

The exhibition will runs in the Leach Pottery Shop Gallery 7 July - 7 September 2018

All works for sale

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Demonstration & Talk: Kazuya Ishida
May
31
2:00 PM14:00

Demonstration & Talk: Kazuya Ishida

We are very happy that Kazuya Ishida from Bizen, Japan, will be returning to the pottery at the end of May. Kazuya spent a week in our studio in April 2018 making some breath taking pieces that were fired in Oxford University's Anagama kiln.

Kazuya will be holding a talk and demonstrating his amazing work on Thursday 31st May at 2pm.

£15 per person. Limited places available. 

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Half Day Taster Session: Throwing
May
10
10:00 AM10:00

Half Day Taster Session: Throwing

This short course offers an introduction to throwing for beginners, covering: clay preparation, wedging, centering clay on the wheel and throwing basic cylinders. The workshop is taught by one of our professional potters. Other dates are available throughout the year.

Overview

  • Cost: £50 per person, including tuition, materials and tools

  • 10am – 12.30pm

  • Maximum of 4 students

  • Firing is not included but you are welcome to take your pots and have them fired elsewhere.

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Adult Evening Class: Hand-building in Clay
May
3
to May 9

Adult Evening Class: Hand-building in Clay

In this creative 8 week course you will be introduced to a range of hand-building techniques in clay including pinching, slab building and coiling. You will learn clay preparation; tile making; creative decorating techniques using slips and glazes and how to think creatively about what you are making.  There is also a Raku firing during one of the sessions; an opportunity not to be missed. 

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Adult Evening Class:  Throwing- Clay on the Wheel
May
2
to May 9

Adult Evening Class: Throwing- Clay on the Wheel

Britta James, one of our skilled production potters from the Studio will be teaching this 8 week course and will take you through the full process of 'throwing- clay on the wheel' from clay preparation, to centring turning and decorating techniques.  You will make a range of bowls, mugs and dishes; up to 20 pieces and will develop your own style in production throwing.

(A further one day glazing course is offered at the end of each 8 week block where you will be able to glaze all your bisque ware)

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Poetry Workshop
Apr
19
10:00 AM10:00

Poetry Workshop

Katrina Naomi after returning from 6-weeks in Japan, and as part of her residency at the Leach Pottery, she is running a one-day Japanese-themed poetry workshop. The workshop is open to all - from beginners to more experienced poets.  She will be looking at Japanese forms of poetry and Japanese poets - with a focus on female poets.   She will also be writing in response to the current exhibitions at the Leach Pottery. Bring pens, paper and come prepared to write.

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Open Weekend : Easter
Mar
31
to Apr 1

Open Weekend : Easter

The Leach Pottery continues celebrating its ‘10 Year Anniversary’, including the launch of a new Leach Trail, a second Open Weekend, where you can visit the museum free of charge on Saturday and Sunday. We will also be holding one of our very popular ‘Spring Seconds Sales’ - a chance to snap up a bargain from our range of Leach standard ware and individual potters' work.

For more information about our 10 Year Anniversary Celebrations please follow this link

10 Year Anniversary

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Spring Seconds Sale
Mar
31
to Apr 1

Spring Seconds Sale

As part of our Easter Open Weekend we will be having a ‘Spring Seconds Sale’ - a chance to buy at very reduced prices from our range of Leach standard ware and individual potters' work.

These sales are normally extremely popular so come early to avoid disappointment!

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10 Year Celebration Talks - Talk 3 : The Leach Pottery Today
Mar
30
3:30 PM15:30

10 Year Celebration Talks - Talk 3 : The Leach Pottery Today

The Leach Pottery is celebrating its ‘10 Year Anniversary’; in March 2008, the fully restored and rejuvenated Leach Pottery reopened to the public after closing its doors in 2005. To thank all the people involved - especially visitors and supporters from the local community to the far reaches of the globe, the Leach Pottery is organising a series of talks, exhibitions, events, and creative sessions.

There will be three talks/panels on 30 March, hosted by Professor Simon Olding - Director of the Crafts Study Centre and Chair of the Leach Pottery's Board of Trustees.

This talk, 'The Leach Pottery Today', focusses on where the Leach Pottery is today and heading in the future. We look forward to hearing contributions from:

  • Libby Buckley: Director of the Leach Pottery from 2016, previously the Director of the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno for five years

  • Matthew Foster: the Leach Pottery's second Seasalt Apprentice, starting in 2015

  • Callum Trudgeon: the Leach Pottery's first Seasalt Apprentice (2014-17), now working as a Leach Production Potter

  • Roelof Uys: Lead Potter of the Leach Studio, Roelof started at the Pottery in 2013.

  • FREE EVENT

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10 Year Celebration Talks - Talk 2 : The Fledgling Years
Mar
30
12:30 PM12:30

10 Year Celebration Talks - Talk 2 : The Fledgling Years

The Leach Pottery is celebrating its ‘10 Year Anniversary’; in March 2008, the fully restored and rejuvenated Leach Pottery reopened to the public after closing its doors in 2005. To thank all the people involved - especially visitors and supporters from the local community to the far reaches of the globe, the Leach Pottery is organising a series of talks, exhibitions, events, and creative sessions.

There will be three talks/panels on 30 March, hosted by Professor Simon Olding - Director of the Crafts Study Centre and Chair of the Leach Pottery's Board of Trustees.

This talk, 'The Leach Pottery Fledgling Years', focusses on the emergent years of the newly re-opened Leach Pottery. We look forward to hearing contributions from:

  • Jacob Bodilly: one of the first 'Start Up Potters' in 2008, Jacob left to work at Boscean Pottery, St Just, in 2010 before relocating to Devon where he works near Holcombe Rogus

  • Jack Doherty: the first Lead Potter at the Leach Pottery (2008 - 2013), establishing the Production Studio and designing a domestic range of soda-fired tableware. Now living and working in Mousehole

  • Michel Francois: one of the first 'Start Up Potters' in 2008,Michel left in 2009 to set up a studio outside Helston. Michel now has a gallery and studio in Falmouth.

  • FREE EVENT

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10 Year Celebration Talks - Talk 1 : Saving The Leach Pottery
Mar
30
10:30 AM10:30

10 Year Celebration Talks - Talk 1 : Saving The Leach Pottery

The Leach Pottery is celebrating its ‘10 Year Anniversary’; in March 2008, the fully restored and rejuvenated Leach Pottery reopened to the public after closing its doors in 2005. To thank all the people involved - especially visitors and supporters from the local community to the far reaches of the globe, the Leach Pottery is organising a series of talks, exhibitions, events, and creative sessions.

There will be three talks/panels on 30 March, hosted by Professor Simon Olding - Director of the Crafts Study Centre and Chair of the Leach Pottery's Board of Trustees.

This talk, the 'Leach Restoration Project - Saving The Leach Pottery', focusses on how the Leach Pottery came to be saved from possible redevelopment. We look forward to hearing contributions from:

  • John Bedding: ex-Leach Apprentice, Honary [Leach] Potter, owner of Gaolyard Studios, and potter - became a founding trustee in the Leach Pottery Restoration project in 2004

  • Tamsin Daniels: from 2001, Culture Officer at Penwith District Council - responsible for attracting investment in cultural projects and integral to the Leach Pottery's redevelopment. Today, leading on cultural capital projects for Cornwall Council

  • Lady Carol Holland: key fundraiser and organiser in the establishment of the Tate St Ives, Carol went on to Chair the Leach Pottery Restoration Group.

  • FREE EVENT

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Open Weekend
Mar
24
to Mar 25

Open Weekend

Come and visit us on Saturday and Sunday as part of our Open Weekend. Enjoy free entry to the museum to see our two new exhibitions, sign up for your Leach Locals' Pass, and get involved in our Free family Hey Clay activities in the Clore Studio, as part of the Crafts Council’s national event.

To find out more about our 10 Year Anniversary celebrations please follow this link

10 Year Anniversary

 

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Exhibition Preview - 'Reunion: Potters From The Time Of Bernard Leach' & '10 Year Anniversary'
Mar
23
6:00 PM18:00

Exhibition Preview - 'Reunion: Potters From The Time Of Bernard Leach' & '10 Year Anniversary'

You are warmly invited to the opening of two new exhibitions.  ‘Reunion: Potters From The Time Of Bernard Leach’ (24 March - 1 July 2018) - a selling exhibition presented in the Reception Gallery, showcasing pots from working potters who apprenticed, trained, and worked, during the time of Bernard Leach and, at the same time, the opening of a new Cube Gallery exhibition ‘10 Year Anniversary’ (24 March 2018 - March 2019), telling the story of the Leach Pottery’s renovation and renewal.

Please come and enjoy a relaxed visit to the museum and galleries, have a glass of wine, some nibbles and chat to our staff and volunteers.

For more information about our 10 Year Anniversary celebrations, please follow this link

10 Year Anniversary

 

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Workshop Inspired By Janet Leach : Free 'Have-A-Go' session
Mar
23
1:00 PM13:00

Workshop Inspired By Janet Leach : Free 'Have-A-Go' session

Janet Leach, who worked at and ran the Leach Pottery for almost 40 years, would be celebrating her 100th birthday on 15 March 2018. To celebrate her birthday, we are holding a free ‘Have A Go’ session in the Museum  on Friday 23 March from 1pm onwards. 

The workshop will be inspired by Janet’s unique style in hand-building and her expressive use of slips influenced by Japanese decorating methods.

Born in Texas and brought up by devout Methodist parents, Janet rebelled from their ‘prejudices’ and attended art school before moving to New York where she started her career as a sculptor. 

Throughout her early life, Janet was constantly seeking out her own path and eventually found clay through Bernard Leach, and his writings, and then through Shoji Hamada who she then trained under in Japan.

In the mid-1950s, Janet married Bernard Leach and moved to St Ives to begin her career at the Leach Pottery. She made pots until her death in 1997.

 

 

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